6 Fascinating Facts About State Birds
Discover interesting facts about noteworthy state birds. Learn about the fascinating stories behind these regional feathered symbols.
Northern Cardinal is a Popular Pick
The northern cardinal gets top honors among state birds, representing seven states total: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. The Western meadowlark and mockingbird are also popular choices.
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Hungry Gulls to the Rescue in Utah
Utah selected the California gull as its state bird after its heroic eating efforts in 1848, which saved many Mormon settlers from losing their crops to an insect plague.
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Maine’s Chickadee Confusion
Though Maine is home to two species of chickadee (the common black-capped and the elusive boreal), the state’s bird choice is officially listed as simply “the chickadee.” So Maine bird lovers can take their pick of these small songbirds.
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Hawaii’s Bird Gets a Boost
Good news! One state bird was able to move off the endangered species list. Hawaii’s nene population is recovering thanks to conservation efforts.
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Standalone State Birds
Nineteen bird species represent only one state each, including the greater roadrunner (New Mexico), common loon (Minnesota) and brown pelican (Louisiana).
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The History of State Birds
The General Federation of Women’s Clubs gets credit for first launching the idea of adopting state birds during the 1920s.
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